Houston Football: Is Case Keenum Underrated As a Pro Prospect?

Jonathan MaurerCorrespondent IIMay 14, 2010

HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 26:  Quarterback Case Keenum #7 of the Houston Cougars in the pocket against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Robertson Stadium on September 26, 2009 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
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People are very high on Case Keenum as a Heisman trophy candidate. But some are not very high on Keenum as a Pro prospect. I think Keenum could be the one of the most interesting prospects in the 10-11 NFL draft. He doesn't really wow you with his arm, but he has one of the quickest releases in college football and he is amazingly accurate. Plus he would be coming from a system were he is throwing 40-50 times a game, so he is used to carrying a team on his back. 

Another thing about him is very mobile especially inside the pocket. So defenses will have to get to him quick or he will find a weakness. Houston plays in Conference USA, so as you would imagine they didn't have much competition but in the 09-10 season Keenum faced Texas tech & (at the time) No. 5 Oklahoma State. He played pretty well against both teams. Against Oklahoma State he was 32/46 and threw for 366 3 TDs,1 Int, and against Texas Tech he was 38/58 and threw for 435 1 TD, 1 Int. By the way against Texas Tech he ran in a touchdown with 49 seconds left to go and he won the game. You may look at that and say he didn't just play pretty well, he was awesome. 

Believe it or not those stats aren't surprising if you watch Keenum play. Barring injury Keenum WILL be the leading passer in Houston history surpassing current Eagles starting quarterback Kevin Kolb.  

Some people are projecting Keenum to g maybe in the 5th to 6th round in the 10-11 NFL draft, I project he will to go in the 3rd round. Which just happens to be the same round Joe Montanna was drafted in...just saying.  Now I don't think Keenum will be Joe Montanna, but I do think he will be a solid quarterback. Maybe around 3 or 4 Pro Bowls. Also he has to be drafted into a situation where he won't be thrown in right away (not like third round picks are thrown in right away anyway). 

I could be wrong about where Keenum could end up in the draft because of the other prospects. Some probably look at Mallet, Locker, Luck, and Brantley as significantly better pro prospects then Keenum. That's why he is underrated, because Keenum is more accurate throwing passes than those quarterbacks and with the exception of Locker he is more mobile. 

Case Keenum isn't the best QB prospect but he is one the top QB prospect in next years draft. I hope you readers will comment and tell me what you think about Case Keenum as a pro prospect.